Measuring the impact of patient-engaged research

While strategies to evaluate the influence of engaging patient partners in research are beginning to emerge, a systematic set of measures for assessing the impact of patient engagement in research (PER) on study approaches and outcomes is lacking. Existing measures skew more toward measuring the process of engagement and less toward measuring downstream outcomes of patient-partner engagement in all phases of research.

Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package

We have a new resource for health care organizations working to reduce low-value care. Our Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package offer a roadmap to reduce the unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospitalizations that can drive up costs and sometimes result in patient harm. The Framework identifies evidence-based strategies for obtaining buy-in, motivating behavior changes, and providing the necessary support and infrastructure for health care providers to engage and lead their peers in making the changes that improve the value of health care. 

Cara C. Lewis wins 2016 ABCT President's New Researcher Award

Our colleague Cara C. Lewis Ph.D. has been selected to receive the 2016 President's New Researcher Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

The award is based upon an early program of research that reflects factors such as: consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field.  

What we're reading: August 2016

A Primary Care Panel Size of 2500 Is neither Accurate nor Reasonable.  Melanie Raffoul, MD, Miranda Moore, PhD, Doug Kamerow, MD, MPH and Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.04.150317 J Am Board Fam Med July-August.  >>read more

New blog: Implementing Innovations into Practice

We are pleased to offer the Implementing Innovations Into Practice Blog, a resource for northwest-based primary care practices.  The region encompasses Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.

This blog features posts that showcase proven strategies practitioners can use to improve care and financial performance in primary care. It also includes opportunities to engage with other primary care professionals and to work with researchers on obtaining funding for improvement efforts.

Certified peer support demonstrated depression recovery in long-term study

People with chronic or recurrent depression can be hard to reach. But they benefited significantly on various outcome measures from a self-management support program that included regular outreach care management and a self-care group with a combined behavioral and recovery-oriented approach—and the addition of certified peer counsellors to the service.

LEAP Team Guide showcased in London

The belief that the healthcare workforce needs to be planned and delivered as close to the patient as possible is one shared by many around the world.  Achieving this is no small task.  It means having the right people with the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the right place at the right time in the right numbers across an entire country as personnel become increasingly mobile.